ITW Acquires Rain-X, Gumout and Black Magic Brands

We’d known for a while that Shell intended to spin off its non-lubricants automotive brands (Rain-X wipers and water-repellant glass treatments, Gumout chemical additives and Black Magic appearance products), but the official release came out today and the buyer is…Illinois Tool Works, the same huge conglomerate that purchased well-known industry suppliers like Heartland, Wynn’s, Permatex and others in recent years. You can read more here.

The move know frees Shell Oil Products US (SOPUS) to focus on its core lubricants business, as the company still maintains the Pennzoil, Quaker State and Rotella lubricants brands.

(This post written while listening to “Hip To Be Square” by Huey Lewis and the News.)

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